Sarris: The art and science of developing a new pitch

From SABR member Eno Sarris at The Athletic on April 19, 2018:

Adam Ottavino needed something. During the worst year of his career, he was searching for answers. First, he had to identify the problem. Then he had to figure out how to solve it. Now the Rockies’ right-hander is basking in his hard work as the best reliever in baseball so far.

“Whatever I seem to do wrong gets magnified,” Ottavino said when I talked to him last August. “I have a lot of ideas about what I’m going to do to rectify it.”

The thought process he went through, the work he did this offseason, and the results he’s seeing now — all of it can serve as a backdrop to show us what modern pitching development looks like.

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Originally published: April 19, 2018. Last Updated: April 19, 2018.